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I doubt they will ban legendaries from battling. They give them high stats for a reason, nowadays ^^
If I am to answer the question posed in the thread title, I'd definitely say yes, people do actually like pokémon. I don't battle competitively at all, so I couldn't care less about stats. Things like looks, name, type and origin/purpose matters more to me.
But I can see that most people replying to this thread are gamers, so I see where you are coming from ^^